UL-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns: The commitments _lowres

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Helen Cox quarterback Dion Ray


Dion Ray, QB, Helen Cox High School

• 6-foot-1, 207 pounds

• Commit date: April 30, 2014

• Early enrollee

• THE FILE: The former Helen Cox quarterback was a four-time all-district selection, and fits the Cajuns recent mold of dual-threat quarterbacks. Ray graduated early and is already enrolled at UL-Lafayette, and he will compete for repetitions this spring, though he’ll likely spend his first year redshirting behind Brooks Haack, Jalen Nixon and Jordan Davis, who will compete to take over for Terrance Broadway. Ray chose the Cajuns over offers from Power Five schools Arizona State, Mississippi State, and Ole Miss. The Cajuns sold him on a chance to play quarterback, while other schools were recruiting him as an athlete.

Chris Weaver, QB, Saraland High School (Alabama)

• 6-foot-1, 195 pounds

• Commit date: June 3, 2014

• THE FILE: Weaver led his Saraland High team to the Alabama 6A state championship game in Alabama on the strength of his dual-threat abilities. He threw for more than 2,000 yards and accounted for 21 touchdowns in the air, while also adding 761 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground. Weaver spent only one season as Saraland’s starting quarterback, but was an All-Region performer as a linebacker in his junior year, picking up 110 tackles and six sacks.


Walt Williams, RB, Vancleave High School (Miss.)

• 6-foot, 210 pounds

• Commit date: June 13, 2014

• Early enrollee

• THE FILE: With the departure of bruising tailback Alonzo Harris, the Cajuns had a need for a big, physical running back, and they think they got just that with Williams. He earned Mississippi district 8-4A MVP honors last season when he ran for a school-record 1,680 yards to go along with 19 touchdowns for Vancleave High School. Williams could possibly be looking at some early playing time as a change of pace with star junior Elijah McGuire, and he will get a chance to impress coaches early after enrolling for the spring semester.

Jordan Wright, RB, Pearl HS (Miss)

• 6 foot, 200 pounds

• Commit date: December 18, 2014

• THE FILE: The Cajuns may have snagged a monster in Wright, who was one of the most productive prep running backs in the country for Pearl High School in Mississippi. He finished his career with 81 rushing touchdowns — 42 of which came in a dominant senior season. In one game against Bastrop (Louisiana), Wright ran for more than 400 yards and nine touchdowns. He also wowed the Cajuns staff with a sub-4.5 second 40-yard dash. For some reason, that production didn’t cause college offers to materialize, but Wright seemed happy with going to a place that wanted him according to an article in the Clarion-Ledger, saying “They’re the school that showed interest in me from the start and always stayed in contact. I want to go to a school where I’m wanted.”


Keenan Barnes, WR, Madison Central High School (Mississippi)

• 6-foot-4, 190 pounds

• Commit date: January 29, 2015

• THE FILE: With prototypical size, Barnes was drawing a lot of interest from plenty big-name schools, including Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Louisville. But he verbally committed to the Cajuns last week, in part because the Cajuns coaches told him they were willing to let him play both ways. It’ll be interesting to see how Barnes develops with the Cajuns.

Jarrod Jackson, WR, East St. John High School

• 6-foot, 185 pounds

• Commit date: June 1, 2014

• THE FILE: The Cajuns typically like to recruit taller outside receivers, but they make an exception if an athlete can really run, and that is the case with Jarrod Jackson. The former East St. John receiver was lethal on routes deep downfield in his high school days, often beating opposing corners who had a 10-yard cushion. He doesn’t possess sprinter speed like junior wideout Devin Scott, but he could develop into a deep threat given time.

Gary Haynes, WR, Manvel High School (Texas)

• 5-foot-8, 152 pounds

• Commit date: October 20, 2014

• THE FILE: Coach Mark Hudspeth probably had visions of a jet sweep in mind when he received a commitment from Haynes, who makes up for his slight frame with elite level speed. The Manvel High School product became an internet sensation when a video emerged of him throwing a ball to himself … 40 yards down field. Haynes will come to the Cajuns as a wide receiver, where he will strictly play in the slot and use his speed to create matchup problems.

Michael Jacquet, WR, Central Senior High School (Beaumont, Texas)

• 6 foot 3, 180 pounds

• Commit date: January 25, 2015

• THE FILE: The Cajuns got a good one when Jacquet backed off his prior commitment to Utah to pledge to the Cajuns. The 6-foot-3 Jacquet played quarterback in high school, but will play receiver in college, where his long frame will be ideal on the outside in the Cajuns offense. Jacquet chose the Cajuns over offers from Houston, Indiana and Memphis.

Carlos Robinson, TE, Ouachita Parish

• 6-foot-3, 210 pounds

• Commit date: July 12, 2014

• THE FILE: Robinson is a big target who possesses solid speed for a player his size. He originally played wide receiver at Ouachita Parish but switched to tight end after he started to grow into his frame. Robinson might be a candidate to redshirt, as the Cajuns will have rising seniors Evan Tatford and Nick Byrne at tight end to go along with sophomore Matthew Barnes, but his way is cleared a bit after Anthony Jones decided to transfer.


Marcus Keyes, OG/DT, Port Allen High School (4)

• 6-foot-5, 260 pounds

• Commit date: June 30, 2014

• THE FILE: Keyes could postpone signing a letter of intent until he visits with Oklahoma State after receiving a late offer. Stay tuned here. Keyes was a three-year starter and had offers from Louisiana Tech and Houston, and was being recruited by LSU, but he committed to the Cajuns because the program felt like a good fit. He played both ways in high school, but will likely be groomed as an offensive tackle prospect. Keyes is a good candidate to redshirt, where he would use a year under strength coach Rusty Whitt to add some beef to his lean frame. Both of the Cajuns starting offensive tackles, Mykhael Quave and Octravian Anderson, are headed into their senior seasons.

Cole Prudhomme, C, Eunice High School

• 6-foot-3, 285 pounds

• Commit date: July 19, 2014

• Prudhomme was a three-year starter at center for Eunice. He has a solid frame to build from, though he is a bit taller than the prototypical center. The Cajuns lost their starting center from last season’s team, Terry Johnson, to graduation, meaning Prudhomme could have an opportunity to compete right away for playing time.

Ken Marks, OT/OG, Central Senior High School (Beaumont, Texas)

• 6-foot-4, 270 pounds

• Commit date: July 1, 2014

• THE FILE: Despite scholarship offers from a couple in-state schools, Marks has seemed to be solid on his July commitment to play for the Cajuns. He’s a big offensive line prospect that will likely get a shot to compete at tackle, but could be moved to the interior as his career goes on.

Kevin Dotson, OT, Plaquemine High School

• 6-foot-4, 315 pounds

• Commit date: August 16, 2014

• THE FILE: Dotson is a massive offensive line prospect who could be the next in line after starting tackles Mykhael Quave and Octravian Anderson graduate. The Plaquemine product already checks in at 6-foot-4 and 315 pounds, and was being sought after by, among others, Louisiana Tech.


Mario Osborne, DE, Daphne High School (Alabama)

• 6-foot-4, 260 pounds

• Commit date: February 1, 2015

• THE FILE: Osborne became the last Cajun to verbally commit before signing day. The Daphne High product had an impressive list of scholarship offers, including multiple Southeastern Conference offers, but pledged his commitment to the Cajuns earlier this week. If Osborne signs with the Cajuns on signing day, he would immediately become a candidate to contribute right away as an edge rusher.


Allen Spurlock, OLB, Charleston High School (Mississippi)

• 6-foot, 220 pounds

• Commit date: July 30, 2014

• Spurlock was named the 3A Region 2 defensive MVP in Mississippi this season, while also playing on the offensive side of the ball. Spurlock played middle linebacker for his Charleston High team, where he didn’t rack up a ton of individual stats, but his game tape shows him covering a lot of ground from the middle of the field. He’ll likely play outside linebacker for the Cajuns.

Joe Dillon, OLB, Tylertown High School (Mississippi)

• 6-foot-3, 230 pounds

• Commit date: February 1, 2015

• THE FILE: The Cajuns swooped in and snagged a late commitment from Dillon, who had long pledged to sign with Southern Miss. He thoroughly impressed the Cajuns staff at a football camp in Jackson with his ability to rush the passer, and he showed that off at the prep level where he recorded 20 sacks in the last two years.

Alonzo Brown, MLB, Magee High School (Mississippi)

• 6-foot, 215 pounds

• Commit date: February 1, 2015

• THE FILE: Brown didn’t receive a ton of interest early in his career, but he exploded in his senior season with 160 tackles and a pair of sacks in 11 games.


Kamar Greenhouse, CB, Marksville High School

• 6-foot-1, 175 pounds

• Commit date: June 7, 2014

• Early enrollee

• THE FILE: Greenhouse did a little bit of everything while playing both ways for Marksville High, accounting for 11 offensive touchdowns while also contributing with an interception on the defensive end. He’ll play defensive back with the Cajuns, and because he enrolled early, he’ll get a chance to earn practice reps during spring drills. The Cajuns lost a pair of starters from their defensive secondary, and Greenhouse will join a group of players looking to replace Corey Trim and Trevence Patt.

Terik Miller, S, Escambia High School (Florida)

• 6-foot, 197 pounds

• Commit date: August 15, 2014

• THE FILE: Terik Miller showed enough in his junior season to garner some interest from schools like UL-Lafayette and Central Florida, which was good for him because he did not get the opportunity to play much during his senior season. He was suspended by the Florida High School Athletics Association along with five other players when the association found Escambia High School guilty of recruiting athletes. Miller finished his senior year by playing the final two games at Pensacola’s Booker T. Washington high school, where he originally started.

Ethan Rose, S, Northside High School

• 6-foot, 185 pounds

• Commit date: November 7, 2014

• THE FILE: Rose played both ways for Northside High School, but did most of his damage at quarterback. His high-level athleticism powered his Vikings offense, but at the college level he will use that athleticism on the defensive end. His high school coach, former LSU standout Trev Faulk, said Rose never got the chance to show just how physical he was in high school because his health was so important to his team’s success, but Faulk said Rose has the ability to put a solid hit on a ball carrier. He’ll likely play safety to start, and could find playing time early in what will be a relatively inexperienced defensive backfield.

Christian Goodlett, CB, Hutchinson CC

• 6 foot, 180 pounds

• Commit date: January 7, 2015

• Early enrollee

• THE FILE: Goodlett is already enrolled and coach Mark Hudspeth said after his enrollment that he’ll have an opportunity to compete for playing time right away. The junior has two years of eligibility remaining after starting his career with Hutchinson Community College (Kansas). In addition to the Cajuns, Goodlett was receiving interest from Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.


Stevie Artigue, K, Lafayette High School

• 5-foot-8, 175 pounds

• Commit date: June 7, 2014

• THE FILE: Don’t judge a book by its cover — Artigue may be on the small side, but he has a ton of power stored in his right leg. Artigue is one of the top-rated kickers in the country — according to the USA Today, he’s the No. 1 kicking recruit in this year’s class — and much of that has to do with his powerful leg. Just Google “Stevie Artigue 69-yard field goal.” Spoiler: it’s good. He will have every opportunity to win the Cajuns starting place-kicker duties after Hunter Stover graduated.

Steven Coutts, P, Brisbane, Australia

• 6-foot-4, 200 pounds

• Commit date:

• Early enrollee

• THE FILE: Coutts becomes the Cajuns second straight punter to hail from Australia, and has a legitimate chance to earn a starting role as a freshman. The Cajuns must replace the school’s all-time leader in punting average in Daniel Cadona, and currently do not have a player on the roster that has attempted a punt in a college game. Coutts enrolled in school early this spring, and will likely compete with Aaron Byrd for the starting job during spring drills. Unlike Cadona, Coutts has four years of eligibility.